Founder of Fairhaven, Vt.
The Scourge of Aristocracy
The Lyon of Vermont
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
that all men would be tyrants if they could;
if they forbear their neighbors to devour,
tis not for want of will,
but want of power.-
-De-Foe. Jure Divino.
Young Matthew heads to the 'Hampshire Grants.' Duet with mother, not but a memory.
Lyon, in jail, still defiant
Election of 1800, in which Lyon casts the tie-breaking vote for Jefferson
Imprisoned for violating the Alien Sedition act; which gave President Adams the right to bar or expel immigrants and incarcerate those who published against the administration
Lyon's letter published accuses Adams of needing 'foolish adulation' and 'ridiculous pomp'
Four Months in in jail, Oct-Feb.
Re-elected by a 2-1 margin. A parade 12 miles long follows the Lyon of Vermont to Philidelphia.
"One who deserved a monument, and had it in the hearts of every true man, and who stood up... against power and corruption, yet this man was entitled to no thanks from those who came after him..."
Born in county Wicklow, Ireland 1750, Matthew Lyon emigrated to the New World a teenage orphan and was sold into indentured servitude in CT. After working and bartering for his freedom, Lyon moved to the Hampshire Grants with Ethan Allen & Mary Hosford. Enlisting as a Private, he served in all the major local Revolutionary War battles including Ticonderoga, Montgomery’s army and Saratoga. Through the course of his honorable service he was promoted to Adjunct Paymaster to General Seth Warner.
Founder of Fairhaven Vermont, publisher of the Scourge of Aristocracy, Congressman Matthew Lyon was imprisoned for violating the Alien Sedition act; which had given the President unconstitutional authority to expel or refuse immigrants and imprison those who published against the administration. Lyon won re-election, by a 2 to 1 margin, while serving a four month jail sentence in Vergennes Vermont.
Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Mason, Apollo Austin, the Green Mountain Boys, and the citizens in town ALL tried to pay his $1,060.96 bail but Lyon and his 2nd wife Beulah refused the money.
The ‘Lyon of Vermont’ effectively ended the Federalist Party when casting the tie-breaking vote for President Jefferson during the election of 1800, which had gone to the Congress after the electoral college failed.
from birth to congress
Thomas Rowley, Bard of the Green Mountain Boys, plays an antique pump organ. He is joined by a modern band.
Born in county Wicklow, Ireland, 1749, young Matthew may have witnessed his father's execution.
Matthew's mother sends her 12 year-old son to the new world, never to see him again.
Matthew is sold into indentured servitude in CT. His neighbor is Jeffrey Brace (The Blind African Slave).
Young orphan Lyon travels to Vermont with Ethan Allen. Duet with his mother, now but a memory.
Colonial real estate was rather one sided. His Royal Highness owned all trees suitable for constructing his Armada.
The Revolutionary War. The King consults his council, while riots occur in Boston.
In the Catamount Tavern the Green Mountain Boys toast to democratic ideals; worth fighting and dying for.
Triangulation of power. King George and young "Uncle" Sam parlay with Vermont for statehood recognition.
Lyon returns to the fields of battle to collect metal, melts swords to plowshares.
Yellow press/fake news from William Cobbett, aka Peter Porcupine. Accusations of the "wooden sword."
The Scourge of Aristocracy, rag shortage, advent of 'pulp based paper' to refute Adams
Finally gaining statehood, Vermont contends with an influx of flat-landers.
Matthew's first wife, Mary Hosford, passes away. She has a dying wish.
Lyon's first speech to congress was to refuse to attend Adams in an obsequious manner.
On the floor of Congress, Lyon chastises Griswold, claiming Federalists are lying to their constituents.
Griswold taunts Lyon. Lyon tries to ignore him. Lyon spits in Griswold's face. Griswold attacks with hickory cane.
from congress to jail and back again
Lyrics nearly verbatim the actual sedition law. Lyon, a sitting congressman, is imprisoned.
Lyon's 2nd wife Beulah campaigns while Lyon is in jail. Two colonial guards accompany her.
Lyon defiant from jail.
Lyon, still imprisoned, is a broken man.
Lyon has a vision of a woman pregnant with Freedom.
Senator Mason of Virginia arrives in Vergennes to try and pay Lyon's bail.
Matthew hears his supporters outside his cell.
The Parade leaves Vergennes Vt to Philadelphia.
Democracy takes root on route to Philadelphia
In the last year of his life, Ethan Allen mourns the loss of his daughter Lorraine, in the company of Lyon's daughter Lorraine.
Lyon reaches Philadelphia with a renewed sense of purpose
American forges come on line. The seeds of the industrial revolution are sown.
Election of 1800. Lyon casts tie-breaking vote for Thomas Jefferson, then leaves Vermont.
Onto the battlefield with iron word and wooden sword.